It’s 2AM in Tokyo
And still too soon to call back to the people who will soon begin the day I polished off
I clutched at the Saint Christopher
I picked up at some country abbey
when I believed he’d keep me safe and make me happy but it seems the luck he brings is not the common currency of penny in Japan
…”—The Chinatown Bus, Bishop Allen
'ANECDOTAL evidence has long held that creativity in artists and writers can be associated with living in foreign parts. Rudyard Kipling, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Gauguin, Samuel Beckett and others spent years dwelling abroad. Now a pair of psychologists has proved that there is indeed a link. …Merely travelling abroad, however, was not enough. You do have to live there. Packing your beach towel and suntan lotion will not, by itself, make you Hemingway.'